Summertime Nutrition Tips
All that abundant sunshine in the summer can cause dry skin and hair, eye damage, and other ailments. Find out which vitamins and minerals can counteract sun damage.
What causes them: Too many games of beach volleyball (or other
outdoor exercise). Muscle cramps result from overexertion and dehydration. When
you don't have enough fluid in your system, it leads to an electrolyte
imbalance that causes your muscles to cramp up. Sodium, calcium, and potassium
are the main electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise.
What to eat: Replenish electrolytes with a sports drink
that contains them and drink water. Potassium-rich foods include bananas,
raisins, potatoes, and spinach.
What causes it: Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of
vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 55. This occurs when the
central part of the retina (macula) becomes damaged.
What to eat: The retina is actually made up of vitamin A, Ely tells WebMD.
Thus, foods rich in this vitamin -- along with beta-carotene, zinc, and
Vitamins C and E -- are beneficial to the eyes. Good sources are dark green
vegetables like kale, chard, and mustard greens, plus bell peppers, carrots,
and blueberries. Eat eggs for their high dose of lutein, an important
antioxidant that also helps prevent eye damage.
What causes them: Sun exposure can trigger cold sores in people who are
prone to them.
What to eat: The amino acid L-lysine has been shown in some small studies to
help, but larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. Sandon says a
deficiency in B vitamins and riboflavin can make you usceptible to cold sores.
She recommends eating fortified cereals and bread or taking a B-complex